Heartbreak for Nepal fall short by one run against South Africa

Saturday, 15 June 2024 - 9:11

South Africa 115 for 7 (Hendricks 43, Stubbs 27*, Bhurtel 4-19, Airee 3-21) beat Nepal 114 for 7 (Aasif 42, Sah 27, Shamsi 4-19) by one run

It was heartbreak for Nepal and their fans in Kingstown, as they fell short by only one run against South Africa in a final-ball nail-biting encounter.

Fans and players alike were in tears since the result also eliminated Nepal from Super Eight contention at the T20 World Cup 2024. South Africa made a clean sweep of the group stage with four wins in four, riding on Tabraiz Shamsi's 4 for 19 that dragged his side back into the contest with a stunning 18th over.

But for so very long, the game seemed Nepal's to lose. Their spinners had spun a web around South Africa to limit them to a subpar 115 for 7 - even on a difficult, turning track - and then with the bat they had reduced the equation down to 25 needed off 30 with seven wickets in hand.

Shamsi though, in for Keshav Maharaj, turned the game with a double-wicket 18th over, including that of the set Aasif Sheikh (42 off 49). The dots that followed raised the required rate, but two powerful late strikes from Sompal Kami and 18-year-old Gulsan Jha took the game down to two off two balls. But Ottniel Baartman bowled two dots as Nepal failed to get bat on ball both times, and a desperate attempt at a last-gasp run left them inches short in the end.

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